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nion]; the Son is. Lord : and the Holy-ghost Lord.
18. And yet not three Lords [separate rulers] : but one Lord.
19. For like as we are compelled by the chrif. tian verity [declaring the diftinction of offices and personal moral-characters in the divine-life both original in God, and deriv'd from him in his imicative sons] ; to acknowledge every person, by himself, to be God and Lord [i. e. free-ruler over free.pcople; and absolute, over slaves) ;
20. So are we forbidden by the catholick religion [i. e. universal-law of one uniform, liying-practice]: to say, there be three Gods or three Lords [feparate Rulers). . i 21. The Father is made of none [i. e. is not derived or formed of any other]: neither created [odt of nothing.), nor begotten (of something, in any reSpect, before him]. - 22. The Son, is of the Father alone : not made si, e, formed], nor created. [out of nothing], but begotten [so as to possess or receive the likeness of his Father).
23. The Holy.ghost is of the Father : and of the Son: not inade [i. e. formed] nor created (out of nothing], nor begotten [in the way of imitative-likeness or durable-image ; as the Son is), but proceeding [in progressive active lite, filling the whole of absoluteduration : as the Son doth the whole of absolute-space or boundless amplitude of being and expansion presentially: and the Father, the unity of necessary self-existence invisible. John i. 18, xiv, 2-6--10-1621---24-26. i John iv. 12—16. V.D-11).
24. So there is one. Father, nor three Fathers: one Son, not three Sons: one Holy-ghoft, not three Holy.ghofis.
25. And in this Trinity, none is afore, or after other [in respect of duration]: none is greater or less than another sin authority or extent of dominion]; 26. But the whole three persons are co-eternal
together [in duration): and co-equal [in authority as aforesaid).
27. So that in all things, as is aforesaid: the unity in Trinity, and the Trinity [of personal moral-characters and offices], in unity [of substancial-life] is to be worshipped [by practically acknowledging the supreme dominion of this three-one divine-life original and self-existent in God; and derived of God in the free beatified creature)..
28. He therefore that will be saved from absolute slavery, and the extreme misery arising from eternal.co-ercion or restraint of obftinate self-will] : muft thus (practically] think of the Trinity sand order his life accordingly].
II. 29. FURTHERMORE (to go on to the 2d, part of this discourse; which declares those at.“ tributes of Christ our King, that render him, under God, supremely worthy, as to his human-nature in union with the divine, of the highest praises due. to his mediatorial character from man-incarnate regenerated or engaged in the regeneration-process : and which are fully expressed in the remaining part . of the Athanafian Creed, as followeth]; it is necef-' sary to everlasting salvation (which depends on the acquiring a durable habit of the three-one divinelife: or is rather no other than that habit it self]:. that he also believe rightly [in order to suitable practice needful for acquiring the aforesaid durable, habic] the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ [the visible exemplar we are to imitate with absolute submission of our self-mortified wills, during our education in his school].
:30. For the right faith (leading to right practice in the christian-life, preparatory for the divine-" life) is, that we believe [by our understanding and confess [by suitable practice]: that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Sort of God Fas filially poslessed of che three-one divine-life), is God [the Son, or original living-wisdom good and powerful] and man [por
fefsing the created animal-life incarnate. And therea fore, as manifesting the original three-one divinelife to incarnate-man by a visible incarnate exemo plar sciz. His own incarnate-life, is eminently the light of the world, leading to the acquisition of the three-one divine-life by like steps, as Christ's human-nature obtain'd it (when he grew in wil.. dom and stature, and in favour with God and man; Luk. ii. 52.) and as he afterwards form'd his disciples by precepts and spiritual acts of power related in the gospel-history of Christ's life conducting the regeneration process. John xiv. 6];
31. God, of the substance of the Father, begotten before the world's [Aswwv, or ages of the regeneration or generative-creation-process. See No. 22. 3. 5. 6. John. i. 1-1-0-12-14]: and man, of the subftance of his mother (Luk. i. 31-357, born in the world [Aww, i. e. regeneration age];
32. PERFECT God, and perfect man; of a rea= son ble foul, and human felh subsisting [Mat. xxvi.' 39-42. xxvii. 46, &c.];
33. EQUAL to the Father, as touching his Godhead [No. 15. 25, 26. John xiv. 1-7-10): and inferior to the Father, as touching his manhood [John xiv. 28. xvii. 3].
34. Who, although he be God and man: yet he is not two, but one Christ (John x. 30. xvii. 21.-23] [and therefore, in salvation of the animallife, it must be united with the divine-life : lo constituting the Christ within us, mentioned by St. Paul, Gal. iv. 19).
35. ONE;' not by conversion of the Godhead inio Aesh [or changing the free-dominion of the divine-life into the likeness of the instinctive ani. mal-life] : but by taking of the manlood into God [i.e changing the animal-instinctive-life into the l. mage and likeness of the free-dominion of the divine-life; so as to be capable of intimate uvion with it i
36. ONE altogether ; not by confusion of substance [in a chaos-like anarchy, void of all regimen]: but by unity of person [in one consistenc perfect harmonious form of life divine and animal].
37. FOR, as the reasonable soul and flesh is one man [by: such an harmonious union] : so God and man is one Christ (the divine-light of the ift. regeneration day. John i, 4—14. Gen. i. 3-5. producing the moral tri-union (i. e, the good and wise use of moral-power) in private life-animal ; the legal tri-union (i.e. the loyal and skilful use of legal-power) in publick-life-animal: which conftitures moral, and legal virtue respectively). : 38, WHofuffer'd for our salvation [both.to preserve the authority of God's laws, by due Punishment of sin: and also to teach sinners, by his example, how to become perfect thro' sufferings ; in felf-mortification, by absolute submission of the human-will to the divine (Mat, xxvi. 39); that, by fermentative expansion of the elemental-powers of the animal-life and dissolving its evil habits, free admission may be given to those of the divine-life and thereby a well-digefted establishment of a Godlike regimen-legislative be produced in the animallife, as in the firmamental-heavens of the 2d. regeneration-day (Gen. i, 6, 8.) constituting causal-virtue (i.e. tri.union of the causal-powers final, medial and fruitive ; in fruition of the end proposed, thro' the use of fit means) in private-life-animal, legislative virtue (i, e. tri-union of the legislative powers parliamentary, king, lords and commons; in the regal fiat given to laws sought by petition of the commons to supply the wants felt by the community, and approv'd of by the great council of lords in their deliberations about the fitness of the laws proposed) in the publick civil-life of the animal-polity]: descended into hell [or Hades, i.e. the invisible stare of souls separated from our visible finful bodies: thereby teaching us self-mortification of the fallen executive ani
mal-life or old-man; for he voluntarily gave himself up to his persecutors, Mat.xxvi. 53], rose again the 3d. day from the dead (literally : by which christians are instructed to rise spiritually, on the 3d. day or step of the regeneration process, into a state of vital or executive virtue flourishing with blooming feeding fyftems of contemplative and practic forms of life, as well as the medicinal ascetic herbage (Gen. i. -13). vitalvirtue ; is the tri-union of the viral-powers perceptive, discriminative, operative : wherein operation proceeds from discrimination grounded in clear perception, and is always the result of a sound judgment or guided by it. Executive-virtue ; is the tri-union of the executive powers, in execution of the laws by legal-officers duly-qualified].. .
39. He ascended into heaven (the divine-life seat of law-making : thereby assuring his followers of the ascension of moral-virtue, in the 4th step of the regeneration-process, into most intimate union with causalvirtue ; and of loyalty or legal-virtue, with legislativevirtue ; in private and publick animal life respectively : in like manner, as the lights were placed in the heavens on the 4th creation-day, Gen. i. 14--19.No.37.] He fittech [established] on the right-hand of the Father God almighty (in the divine-life apprehension of supreme free-dominion ; for the Father committech all judgment to the Son : whence, in combination of moral-virtue with vital in private animal-life, and of legal-virtue with executive in publick animal-life, on the sth regeneration-day, christians are Eaught to give free full moral-affent and vital practic consent to the laws of the divine-life now establish'd in the animal-system and circulating thro' it, as in the volatiles and aquatiles of the sth creation-day, Gen.1.20–23.]: from whence he shall come to judge [discriminatively, parting the sheep from the goatsche quick [living members of this Godlike aniinal-system] and the dead (passive or unactive, slaves to their lutts, yielding an unwilling forced obedience to the laws of God] [on the 6!h regenera